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Florida Track & Field and Cross Country News
In her three-year cross country career, Riverview's Bailey Hertenstein has finished worse than first only twice: states her freshman year (15th) and 2016 Foot Locker South, where she placed 7th to qualify for Nationals in San Diego.
Charles Hicks of Bolles became the 4th sophomore ever from Florida to qualify for Foot Locker Nationals after placing 9th at Foot Locker South in a state leading time of 15:07.50. Hicks is coming off a spectacular season winning five of his seven meets and placing runner-up in the other two which include the 2A Cross Country Finals. Jacob Fuller had a chance to catch up with Charles at his final workout before heading out to San Diego.
Not only does Ashley Brasovan own the fastest time of any Floridian at Foot Locker Nationals running 17:20, but she is the only athlete from the Sunshine State to win the prestigious event, taking home the title in 2007 over 2006 champion Kathy Kroeger. In 2008, Brasovan finished second behind Jordan Hasay who also won in 2005. Is she the best ever to perform at a national meet?
Amanda Beach shares her journey to making Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego, a goal she says she had since the beginning of the season.
After falling short of a podium finish in 2015, the Niceville girls took home the 3A Cross Country Finals title this year. Coach Jamie LaFollette gives us an inside look at the Eagles journey from summer training to a 4th place finish at NXNSE.
Three of Wharton High Schools top track and field athletes made their college decisions this week. Sprinter Searra Woods chose FAU, distance standout Rania Samhouri picked nearby USF, and mid-distance athlete Bryanna Rivers will head to the northeast U.S. and run for UMASS. Wildcats Coach Anthony Triana talks to us about their decisions and what they've meant for his program.
The Circle Christian girls followed up their 2015 1A Cross Country Finals championship with a runner-up finish in 2016. Coach Mark Caulfield tells us about this year's Centurion team and their road to a podium spot in Tallahassee.
As a freshman, Plant's Laura Jones found herself an average runner on the above-average Plant team. Isabel Hanewicz shares her journey from 26 minutes to sub 19 and the leader of the Panthers.
For this edition of Throwback Thursday we share this treasure we found of then Oviedo High School star Jenny Barringer's (Simpson) diary from the 2003 Foot Locker National Championship in San Diego.
Bolles sophomore Charles Hicks added his name to a long line of Florida distance runners who have qualified for Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego. Hicks placed 9th at Foot Locker South to become just the 4th 10th grader from the Sunshine State to advance. Ricky Quintana looks at Hicks accomplishment from a historical perspective.
When the Westminster Academy boys hoisted the 1A Cross Country Finals trophy it was the first time the team had won state since 1983. On hand for both of the titles was head coach Ken Key. We caught up with him to talk about his team's journey the top of the podium.
We caught up with Olympian and entrepreneur Nick Symmonds at The Running Event in Orlando to talk about Run Gum, his latest battles with USATF, his thoughts on the future of our sport, what's next for his running career, and much more.
Reed Brown finished 6th overall at NXN. What can he do at Foot Locker Nationals this weekend? See how he prepares.
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Although only a freshman, Pine Crest's Tsion Yared has accolades beyond her years. Yared started running in fourth grade, placing sixth in the 2A state cross country meet as a sixth grader in 2013 and winning it as a seventh grader in 2014. With PRs of 17:42.40 for XC, 10:49.60 for the 3200m, and 5:06.56, she could rival most seniors in the state.
American's Tyrese Cooper and Miramar's Jamal Walton may be higher schoolers, but both are making waves on the national stage.
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) reached into Florida and signed one of the state's top hurdlers in Evans senior Jamiah Jackson. Jackson was the 4A Region 1 champion in both the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles. At the state meet she brought home gold in the 300m distance and was third in the 100's.
All the best of NXN, AAU and the beginning of track season.
For our former standouts competing at the college level cross country season is over and now it's time to shift the focus to indoors. See how they fared in the opening week including a freshmen school record in the pole vault for former Lyman state champ and UPenn athlete Sean Clarke. It's our Alumni Report.
With one more race, who will crack into the top 25?
Lemon Bay's Kelsi Ogilvie only ran a handful of races her freshman year with her fastest coming at the Flrunners.com Invitational and a time of 25:34.20. Four years later Ogilvie was district and regional champion, and 11th at the 2A Cross Country Finals. Her personal best time dropped over SIX MINUTES to 18:48.00. We take a look at the top 500 seniors from 2016 and their progression over the last four years.
Mandarin senior Fuad Batteh isn't ranked in the top 75 in the senior class with his PR of 16:43.50, but Batteh has come along way since he was a freshman for the Mustangs running a SB of 22:48. That's an improvement of over SIX MINUTES. We looked at the top 500 seniors this season and who improved their times over the last four years.
Check out the final 2016 team rankings after the chaos of NXN.
Over 1,000 athletes of all ages headed to Florida's capital city, Tallahassee, for the 2016 AAU XC Nationals. Sunshine state athletes didn't disappoint bringing back three individual championships and two team titles. Watch all our athletes bring home championships and see what they had to say after their races.
Check out the final post-NXN Flo50 update
All the best from this weekend in Florida!
We interviewed all the AAU National age group champions this weekend in Tallahassee, see what they had to say!
11 race videos from Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida
Chris Tucker was on-site at the AAU XC National Championships as part of our coverage team and snapped over 1,500 photos including this one from the start of the girls 13-14 year old race.